MCQST Summer Student Program

Discover the world of Quantum Science and Technology in Munich!

The MCQST Summer Bachelor Program provides undergraduate students worldwide the opportunity to gain an insight into research in Quantum Science and Technology (QST) at MCQST and its participating institutes.

Within MCQST leading scientists from the disciplines of physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry, thrive to discover and understand the novel and unifying concepts in the interdisciplinary research fields of QST. They are working on making these concepts tangible and practical to develop next generation quantum devices.

The MCQST Summer Student Program 2021 will take place online between from 11 to 16 July 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, an in person event is unfortunately not feasible.

The application phase for 2021 is over. We have received many outstanding applications and are grateful for your interest in the MCQST Summer Student Program. We want to examine each application thoroughly and therefore ask for your patience. Applicants will get notified about the outcome of their application at the beginning of May.

Program Structure

The program aims to get you started in QST research. It starts with an introductory day on 11 July. You will have the opportunity to virtually meet our experts in one-on-one meetings. Throughout the week exclusive virtual lab tours at LMU, MPQ, TUM and WMI will ensure you get to know the cutting-edge experiments at MCQST and its participating institutions.

Our Research Unit Coordinators will give you an overview to the state of the art research they are working on in the seven different research areas at MCQST. After the talks you can ask questions and get more detailed information about each research unit and its latest achievements.

Before and throughout the week, you will prepare a presentation (either talk or poster) of a scientific paper from the field of QST. At the end of the week, you will pass on your newly gained expertise to other participants and MCQST members at an online student conference. To prepare you for your presentation, we will train you in presenting scientific findings in an academic communication workshop. Moreover, a junior researcher will mentor you in the process. Depending on your interests, we select a research paper for you from the areas of quantum information theory, quantum simulations, quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum metrology and sensing, quantum matter, and interdisciplinary explorative directions. More detailed information can be found in our Research Units pages.

Get even more entangled with QST by attending our annual conference in the week after the program!

What’s included

Online Presentation Workshop

Learn how to present scientific findings in an effective way (in the form of a poster as well as talk).

One-on-one meetings with MCQST experts

Discuss your ideas and thoughts with one of our PIs in an online video call.

Virtual Lab Tours

Follow our live virtual labs at LMU, MPQ, TUM and WMI guided by one of our researchers.

Gain an insight into the MCQST Research Units

Learn more about the MCQST Research Units (RU) in short introduction session by the RU coordinators

Dive deeper into a QST topic of your choice

o Gain in depth and specialized knowledge of one of the MCQST research fields by reading and pitching an essential paper from QST research to other participants and MCQST members.

Mentoring through a junior researcher from one of our groups

Four weeks before the program your mentor will send you the paper and arrange an online meeting to discuss your first findings and understanding of the paper. Your mentor also gives you tips on how to improve your presentation for the conference.

Student conference

Gain conference experience by presenting at the virtual closing event of the program. You will speak before other participants and members of the MCQST community.

Certificate of participation

We will provide you with a certificate for your participation, and you will be able to become part of MCQST Summer Student alumni email list. We want to make sure you stay entangled with us!

How to apply

Required Documents

The following documents have to be submitted in the application tool:

Motivation letter - please use this form [ download ]
One letter of recommendation - please use this form [ download ]
Official academic transcript of records from your home university
Highschool diploma or equivalent

If your referee prefers to send us the letter of recommendation directly rather than handing it to you, please ask them to send it to mcqst-summer[at]

The 2021 program is over. The application period for 2022 will be at the beginning of that year. Watch this page for updates.

Target Group

Bachelor students enrolled in an undergraduate degree from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, or chemistry worldwide


Participation in the MCQST Summer Program is free. However, note that attendance is mandatory for the entire duration of the program.

The program will take place ONLINE and we want to encourage students from all over the globe to apply. We will schedule the essential interactive elements in time slots that will make attendence possible for everyone.


Who is eligible to apply?

The program is open only to Bachelor students (undergraduates)from all aover the globe. Master students are not eligible for the summer program. Bachelor students who are currently in their final year can also apply.

Is there a participation fee?

No, application and participation in the virtual MCQST Summer Program is free of cost.

What does the final question in the Letter of Motivation mean by “research group”?

MCQST consists of 7 distinct Research Units. For an overview check the Research Overview page.
These Research Units consist of individual research groups, which can be part of more than just one Research Units. This is due to the interdisciplinary character of MCQST. For example, Monika Aidelsburger leads a research group that is part of the Research Unit B and G.

You can find a list of all research groups within MCQST and their group leaders on our members page.
The list also redirects you to each research group’s website, at their respective institutes.

The final question therefore addresses which research groups you would like to join for your project. Please also briefly motivate your choice. The selected research groups (max. 3) should be from the Research Units that you selected at the top of page 2 under "Research Unit preference".

Do I need to provide an official translation for my high school diploma?

It is not necessary to provide an official translation of your high school diploma. If your high school diploma is in any other language than English, German, Dutch, Danish, French, or Romanian, please translate the high school diploma yourself and upload the translation in one document with your original diploma.


For any questions or inquires, please contact the program coordinator Ian Stewart at ian.stewart[at]

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